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How to Get What We Pay For: A Handbook for Healthcare Revolutionaries - Doctors, Nurses, Healthcare Leaders, Inventors, Investors, Employers, Insurers, Governments, Consumers, You Paperback – July 30, 2015
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About the Author
Joe Flower is a veteran health care futurist and analyst who has long forecast the enormous changes in our health care system and projected a strong, positive vision for where we are headed and how to get there, practically.
On the board of the Center for Health Design, he is a contributing editor for TheHealthcareBlog.com and regularly appears as a keynote speaker and thought leader at conferences throughout the United States and around the world.
Flower is also on the speaking faculty of the American Hospital Association, a regular columnist for its Hospitals & Health Networks Daily and Trustee Magazine, and the author of hundreds of articles, as well as Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right for Half the Cost, which was named by Strategy+Business Magazine as the best health-care business book of 2012.
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I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
On the opening of his book he offers ‘BASIC INSTRUCTIONS- Bring your heart to this. Bring all of your skills. Open your mind. Bring your heart and your passion; bring your love and your anger, your guts and your generosity and your ferocity and your courage. You’re going to need all of them. This is too hard a job to do with just your head. Bring all of your skills. You’re a clinician, a manager, an entrepreneur, a numbers guy, a coder, a builder of coalitions and connections, a caretaker for your aging parents or your children, or just a person with a body. You know more about your part of healthcare, your perspective, than I do, in some ways more than anyone else. Bring
it. We need what you know, your experience, your tool kit. Open your mind. The way we have been thinking got us here, but it won’t get us out of here. This means more than “be flexible.” This is an instruction to drop your story altogether. It’s the only way we together can build a new story.’ And later he states ‘We are seizing the revolutionary moment in healthcare. We are drastically improving your healthcare situation. You know healthcare needs changing. You know you need to change what you’re doing, whether it’s to get more reliable, better healthcare for your people or your family, or seeing a new way forward for your career or your organization. We are revolutionizing healthcare, top to bottom. We aim to rebuild it, reshape it, re-engineer it. We will shift the energy connections, the information flows, the revenue streams, the organizational structures.’
Joe presents the seven levers of change: shopping, transparency, results, prevention, targeting, trust, and tech – and within this framework he probes, asks and answers questions many of us have about why the healthcare system is nonfunctional. And by the end of this invaluable book Joe states, ‘Healthcare, how we manage it, how we pay for it, is about life and death, your life and death, your children, your suffering, their very real suffering. It’s about whether you have the power to do anything about it. I believe we do.’
Take the challenge and become a healthcare revolutionary! Grady Harp, February 16
What has always astounded me about the discussion regarding our healthcare system was the exorbitant cost, but that was as far as I ever contemplated the issue. Previously, the healthcare system felt like an issue that was far too complex for me to influence; however, this book is jam-packed with information to help you understand the issues plaguing our healthcare system as a whole AND help you understand what you can do to enact change. In this book, the author takes an extremely thorough and all-encompassing view to this issue and provides equally thorough solutions though his 6 solutions, or “levers,” which he explains must work together in order to enact change - at the end of each section, he summarizes a specific problem facing the industry and empowers you to influence change using that specific “lever.”
I read this book as an individual (not a healthcare professional, employer, or government body), and am excited to investigate further the resources provided in this book to help me become a better healthcare consumer. Overall, I think that employers (HR professionals, etc.) will find this title most useful.
The author is clearly passionate about revolutionizing our healthcare system to care for everyone, and as a result, he makes a daunting and dry topic a fun read. I would certainly recommend this title to everyone – there is valuable information for everyone here, regardless of your place in the healthcare industry.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.